Sarsha Simone’s name may be unfamiliar, but there’s a warmth in her voice that feels like home. It could be the similarity to soul singers from the past; the echoes of the late, great Etta James, or perhaps the recently departed Amy Winehouse. Or, it could be more familiar than that, which isn’t surprising given that Sarsha Simone used to perform under the moniker ‘Roxie Ray’ with the Australian funk and soul revival outfit Dojo Cuts, and has appeared as a guest vocalist on soul and hip hop tracks with artists from the far reaching corners of the world.
Sarsha Simone blends vintage soul sound with a hip hop sensibility. Recent collaborations on tracks with established international artists such as MC’s Ty and Rashaan Ahmad as well as respected French producer DJ Moar, along with an EP, Gold, produced by Sydney based Twitch simply hint at what’s to come from this modern day chanteuse.
It’s through the gift of motherhood that she has been able to her tap into her creativity with zest. Equipped with gutsy lyrical content that will shed light on exactly who the enigmatic woman is behind the ballsy voice, Sarsha Simone is more than ready to deliver.
Using the elements of music and fashion as a means of self expression, Sarsha has produced something fresh and new. From Vaughn to Wonder Sarsha is touched by many vintage classics drawing from tradition and ignoring trend. With the raspy tones of soul and the attitude of hip hop, Sarsha’s sound will touch audiences far and wide.
When asked what i s important to Sarsha she simply replies “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
Look out for an upcoming interview to be launched at the end of April featured on renowned New Zealand based BLACK MAGAZINE by internationally respected fashion photographer THOM KERR who recently shot Kimbra and Janelle Monae for their imminent Australian Tour.
Sarsha Simone headlines GENERATION NU SOUL with a special acoustic performance of her EP ‘GOLD’ produced by DJ Twitch.
“Although she is a newcomer, she has the type of voice that sounds as if it’s been here before.” – Lady J, SoulBounce.
“Ray never brings anything less than pure soul vocals in a song, and she makes sure to let you know why she’s the featured vocalist.” – Soultracks.
“Roxie Ray could sing the phone book and I would buy it” – Craig Charles of UK BBC6’s Funk & Soul Show.
“She has that perfect balance of soul and control and her voice is as highly individual as our own Kylie Auldist and Lanie Lane.” – John Hardaker, The Orange Press.
“It’s raspy in part, but it’s smooth as well — almost like Winehouse’s raw voice on her debut Frank.” – Alan Weedon, Who The Hell.
Sarsha Simone Website: http://www.sarshasimone.com/